Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
NIC faculty members Dr. Bill McConnell and Dr. John Marton are leading a multi-stage project at NIC and Leiden University in the Netherlands, identifying ways to enhance students’ appreciation of the value of research.
Principal Researchers: Dr. Bill McConnell and Dr. John Marton
McConnell, W., Albert, R. G. & Marton, J. P. (2008). Involving college students in social science research . Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 2 (1), 1-8.
McConnell, W., & Marton, J. P. (2011). Introducing students to social science research . Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 5 (1), 1-9.
McConnell, W., Kaal, H. L., & Marton, J. P. (2013). Do social science students value empirical research? Answers from a Canadian and Dutch investigation . International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7 (1), 1-9.
McConnell, W. & Marton, J. P. (in press). Enhancing introductory psychology student’ appreciation of the value of research: A multidimensional scaling classroom activity. Psychology Learning and Teaching.
Perceptions of Crime
NIC faculty members Dr. Bill McConnell and Dr. Jim Anderson participated in a Canadian-Dutch study designed to improve the reliability of crime surveys.
Principal Researchers: Dr. Bill McConnell and Dr. Jim Anderson
Kaal, H. L., Vanderveen, G. N. G. & McConnell, W. (2008). Een postcodegebied is de burt niet: Het gebruik van buutvragen in (criminologisch) surveyonderzoek. Sociologie, 4, 371-394.
McConnell, W., Kaal, H. L., Vanderveen, G. N. G. & Anderson, J. D. (2011). Mapping perceptions of crime in the Comox Valley . Small Cities Imprint, 3, 31-39.
NIC faculty are involved in several ongoing studies including analysis of art therapy for use with adolescents, restorative justice and multicultural issues, alternate models of prenatal care, and communication skills and practice investigations.
NIC investigators Ellen Chambers and Sheila Doncaster collaborated with University of Queensland to explore the best teaching and support practices for adults with cognitive disabilities. LATCH-ON, a literacy program developed specifically for young adults with intellectual disabilities, was initiated in 1998 at the University of Queensland in Australia by Dr. Anne Jobling, a Down Syndrome researcher, with the help of Dr. Karen Moni, a lecturer in English curriculum and literacy education. LATCH-ON is a joint project of NIC and the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, and combines technology with more traditional methods of instruction to enhance literacy development.
In May 2010, NIC hosted a Community-Based Research Skills-Building Workshop bringing together researchers and community partners.